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Travel and transport

Leiden is easily accessible by public transport. The city is ideally situated just a stone's throw from major cities like The Hague and Amsterdam. For those travelling to Leiden by plane, we are pleased to announce that KLM offers discounts for Speech Prosody attendees.

Plan your route

For those travelling by plane, you can find more information on airfare discounts offered by KLM here

Within Leiden, most destinations are at a walking distance. If you want to explore the countryside around Leiden, or visit the beach, you can rent a bike at Leiden Centraal train station. For those who prefer to come by car, it is easy to park in Leiden.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the largest Dutch airport offering great transport links to Leiden and the rest of the Netherlands. You can easily take the train, catch a bus, rent a car or have someone collect you. Schiphol Station is located directly below the airport. It only takes a couple of minutes to walk from Arrivals to Schiphol Plaza, where you can take the stairs, escalator or lift down to the platforms. The airport is easy to reach and offers excellent parking facilities. You can also rent a car. Book the vehicle of your choice online or at one of the car rental desks in Arrivals 3.

The airport has an underground railway station with frequent services to Leiden (as final destination, or en route to The Hague/Den Haag, Rotterdam, or Vlissingen). The train journey from the airport to Leiden takes 15-20 minutes. You can book you train ticket in advance via the website of the Dutch Railways and depart c. every 10 minutes.

Taxi fares from Schiphol to Leiden are ~€90. You are strongly advised only to take a taxi from the official taxi stands.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport is the regional airport for the Rotterdam-The Hague metropolitan region. The airport offers direct flights to 50 European destinations.

Bus 33 takes you to Rotterdam Centraal Station from where you can take a train to Leiden Centraal. The trip takes about 65 minutes. Taxi fares from Rotterdam The Hague airport to Leiden are ~€90.

Eindhoven Airport is the second biggest airport in the Netherlands with more than 80 (European) travel destinations.

Take bus 400 or 401 to Eindhoven Centraal Station. From Eindhoven Centraal you can travel to Leiden Centraal, by changing trains at Schiphol or Utrecht Centraal. The trip takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

Leiden is easy to reach by public transport. The bus station is right in front of Leiden Central Station and there are many routes serving the city and the region. The Faculty of Humanities is a 10-minute walk from the train station. Alternatively you could take bus 1 from the train station and get off at 'Paterstraat', or bus 5 or 6 and get off at 'Noordeinde'. 

Leiden is located between the A4 and A44 highways and easily accessible by car. If you are going by car to the center of Leiden, you can reserve a parking space with a discount in advance. Choose the date, time and length of your visit in advance. The longer you visit, the higher your discount. You can book & park at the parking garages Lammermarkt, Garenmarkt and Morspoort.

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